Thursday, July 4, 2013

Eco print all purpose cards 植物印染紙卡

My travels to Portugal and Spain were fabulous.  Ever since I encountered eco print these years, I like to pick some windfalls for my experiments.  Although some people advocate regionalism, there's no harm to do windfalls from other regions as a keepsake or something special.  
Upon return last week I couldn't wait to try the paper prints thus made the cards. 
A set of leaves printed cards.  How did they make?
Ah ha.........
I picked some windfalls from my friend's house some euc leaves and some unknown leaves in Malaga. 

Just dipped the leaves in water and laid over papers
I made a stack of 10-fold 15 x 10cm papers, covered and clipped the top & back with rusted iron clippers.

Boiled in a rice cooker with water and some vinegar
Opened it after 1.5 hours boiling
Prints of dried euc leaves are quite strong and papers in a range of greys, charcoals and blacks with the effect of rusty water.
Among all I love this most, the unknown leaves.  The leaf shapes are pretty with rust deposit prints.
 I picked a few to make the cards.
Each card with a blank paper inserted and tied with thread
The all purpose cards are made.
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  1. Delightful, and very unusual.

  2. This process is so interesting. I've got to try this.
    Thanks for sharing. I'm signing on as a follower. I've got to see what else you do.

  3. Beautiful cards Terrie! The gold thread is the perfect finishing touch.

  4. I always bring home leaves from trips! And then use the papers to write thank you cards to my hosts. Great idea to put them into a variety pack! Glad that you had a good trip

  5. How pretty! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them!
    (((HUGS))) Susanne :)

  6. Terreia, these are lovely. Have been thinking of doing cards and books, too. Thank you for the instructions. I just don't understand what you mean by 10-fold papers. Do you mean an "accordion" folded piece of paper (all one sheet)? And, covered with what? Sorry, if I didn't get what you were trying to say. I am surprised the paper holds together in boiling water. Would have thought steaming was the way to do it. You are always so informative, and your creativity goes without saying. :)

    1. Cassandra, I meant a folded paper is half size of A4 paper. I folded each and clipped 10 pieces to make a batch (actually I can put together up to 15 folded pages). The batch underneath & the top are covered with cardboard paper (hardness is something like cereal box/container) and clipped with rusty iron clips. This will hold the batch very tight. I boiled it in water just let rusty water absorbed by the papers (rusty clips will give some rusty water out when boiling with vinegar), so that leaves contact with iron water get outlines and papers will have some "cloudy or marble" looks. I don't need to stack with brick or put the stack horizontaly, just put into water. Paper never got "broken" . This is rather easy. Any queries feel free to raise. I'm around.

  7. Oh, my! That's amazing - so very beautiful and creative,

  8. Another wonderfully informative post. What a great remembrance of your time in Portugal....Much better than any bought souvenir. Thank you so much for all of your sharing.

    Big hugs,


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